“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others”Audrey Hepburn, actress
Billericay Community Cinema is a national award winner – but it only exists because of our fabulous volunteers. They’re a friendly bunch of people who are passionate about their community, working hard to put on some amazing film entertainment.
2020 is a signifiant year for us: our 100th show, our 5,000th customer and in October our 5th Birthday. You can be a part of this!
How can you help?
Front of House: There are various roles including checking tickets, staffing our cash desk, serving teas/coffee, making popcorn, bar work (including making cocktails!) and set-up/clear-down. Plus our Show Manager – the person who on the night makes sure things run smoothly!
Projection: You’ll be setting up and packing away our projection equipment: projector, amp, surround sound, laptop, music, advert reel and of course the film!
Back office: all the stuff that happens at other times and is done in the weeks beforehand. This includes website management, ticket sales, ticket/graphic design, inventory management (refreshments!), finance
What’s the commitment?
All we ask is that you give what you can. Some of our volunteers work full time; some are at college whilst others are retired. We all have different skills and time we are above to give.
From setting up to packing away each show takes about 4.5 to 5.5 hours (depending on length of film). You don’t have to attend every show – people give what time they are able. Some do one a month; others do both shows. All we ask is that you let us know about 2 to 3 weeks in advance if you can help out at a show.
You don’t need any specific experience to join us. We’ll train you in whatever you need – from our filter coffee machine to making popcorn; from setting up our projection equipment to making a cocktail.
We have a variety of roles. We encourage you to try everything – and if there’s a specific role that you don’t like, you don’t have to do it !
We have two regular shows a month
🎥 Film Thursday is an evening show. We start setup from 5:15pm as the Library closes; our doors open to the public at 7pm and the film starts at 7:30. Our departure time depends on the length of the film, but we usually leave between 10:00 and 10:30. Not everyone can make it by 5:15pm – just get there as soon as you can (but if you can give us a rough arrival time that really helps)
🎥 Family Sunday is an afternoon show. We start setup from 1:15pm; doors open at 2:30pm, the film starts at 3pm and we’re usually finished by around 5:30pm
We have two other shows:
🎥 BOSP Show. Our annual free show for the children and young adults from local charity BOSP. This is a great event where we provide the film and all refreshments free to those from BOSP, their parents and carers. Some of these wonderful people have never been to a cinema before and this is a fabulous show which provides a great afternoon’s entertainment in a safe environment for some of the most socially isolated people.
🎥 “Relaxed” Sunday Matinees. Occasional “relaxed” Sunday Matinee screenings. Open to all, these are also aimed at those living with dementia and those for whom a bit of company, a cup of tea, a slice of cake and a film on a Sunday afternoon is something to look forward to.
What can we offer you ?
Aside from the obvious joy that giving to others and providing a service to our community brings:
✅ Free refreshments during the show.
✅ Opportunities to become more involved, helping to influence what the cinema does and the films it shows
✅ Social events
✅ Our exclusive Cinema Volunteer polo shirt !
✅ A new circle of friends, of all ages, from all backgrounds
“Try before you buy”
Why not come along and see what we do – there’s no commitment. Come along to a Thursday or Sunday show and see what we do to transform the Library into a cinema and back again.
Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get in touch. If you want to have a chat let us know your phone number. Or if you want to come along and see what we do we’ll let you know the next set of dates.
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselvesJ.M.Barrie, Author, Peter Pan, the rights to which were bequeathed to Great Ormonst Street Hospital for Children.